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UCL Library Services Staff Conference: Support for International Students

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from the Head of the Enquiry Service, Debs, about possibly helping out in a Library Staff Seminar they were organising about International Students. Being me, I said sure! I’ll be happy to help (though I had no idea what this would entail).

Last week then Debs organised a meeting for the other two girls and I who had said we’ll help out. A report had been issued by SCONUL (Society of College, national and University Libraries) about ‘Library Services for International Students‘ and she asked us if we would be interested in presenting our views as international students to a group of the library staff during the yearly Library Staff Seminar (and we would be given lunch then ;)). Sure! We said.

During this meeting we discussed a bit what issues we could discuss, and just got to know each other a bit, and then went back to our offices etc. to continue with our work. I started thinking what I could discuss, and decided that the best way for me to approach the issues was to discuss the hurdles I found with Accessibility to the library…both physically (the library is split over a lot of buildings, so I regularly have to run round the whole campus to get the books I need), and electronically (the website is not the most user friendly). Julie, a Chinese girl, spoke about language problems, and money problems, while Nishi spoke about Services offered at the library (she was a master student, but now works in the library)

Though in a way it was me giving a ‘service’ to the library, I still got more out of it than just a lunch ;). Being there and listening to what was being said, and was made aware of services the library offers which I was never aware of (or at least their exact role and breadth of expertise they can offer). I also made contact with the subject librarian (who already knew me, as apparently I have been the only person this year to suggest a book for purchase from the ‘suggest a book link’ ;), and she was overjoyed that someone had used it and she got some suggestions, while I was overjoyed as the books were purchased).

All in all I think I gained a lot from it, not just gave a presentation. So glad I had decide to reply to that e-mail!

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One Response

  1. The bestest Fenech Twin says:

    Hallli Alik..the only person to suggest the book hihi…was the lunch good?? LOOL

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